Auctions can be utilised for fundraising at fetes, trivia nights and parties or they can even be made into a whole night of its own. Sporting memorabilia is usually a very successful auction item. There are several different options for sourcing memorabilia. Write to various sporting clubs, sports stars or associations asking for a donation. You may be lucky enough to receive something, but don?t rely solely on this.
Purchase sporting items such as team jerseys and organise with the club to have them signed. The club will often charge a fee for this service and it may cost you several hundred dollars to secure an item and have it framed, but this item may sell for two or three times your outlay. There are professional sporting memorabilia businesses that will sell you complete items, such as signed items already framed and authenticated, that are ready to be sold at auction. These items are professionally finished and are always a big hit.
Ask around at school ? it is surprising how many people in a school community know a sporting personality. Most sports stars are happy to sign memorabilia for friends. Check school records ? there may be past pupils who are now big stars. With contacts within the school a lot of time and money can be saved sourcing these items. Also look within the school community for framing businesses. A signed and framed State of Origin jersey can return many times what it cost to assemble. Whatever items are sourced, ensure they are well presented and pay for professional framing. The end results will look spectacular.
Promote these items well before the event to draw a large crowd ? a particularly coveted sporting item will bring in many extra people. Sport personalities may also be approached to attend the event. Check with any of your event sponsors, they may have connections with sports stars too.
Promote the celebrity sports auction as the highlight of the event. Check out the sporting memorabilia section of this guide as well.